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Middle School Patriot League Tournament bracket has been released

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For 50 years, Cottrell was a teacher/coach at Douglass, Conway Springs; Tuesday he was honored

Fred Cottrell was honored at the Conway Springs- Douglass game Tuesday.

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Fred Cottrell has been teaching for 50 years, and much of that teaching happened on the sidelines at various sporting events in Sumner County. Cottrell was inducted into the KSSHA hall of fame Tuesday night in Conway Springs.

Cottrell coached at Douglass before coming to Conway Springs where he spent most of his career. He coached 25 years at Douglass and the last 20 at Conway Springs. It was fitting that his induction happened at a game where Douglass was playing Conway Springs.

The high school association lets inductees choose where their ceremony will be, and Cottrell chose this game because he had coached at both schools.

He saw himself as a teacher first, and he taught government in the classroom. Outside the classroom he was still a teacher.

Current Conway Springs football coach and Athletic Director Matt Biehler said Cottrell always told him the best coaches are teachers first.

Crusader boys lose tough one to Mulvane 74-71; girls keep winning

Cade Fairbanks vs. Mulvane.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It was a frustrating end for a Wellington team that needed a win desperately.

The Crusaders blew a 12-point second lead with 6:46 in the fourth quarter to lose to Mulvane 74-71 Tuesday evening at home. Wellington fell to 4-13 matching Mulvane’s record and assuring itself a play-in game in the Class 4A-West post season bracket.

In the other varsity game, the Wellington girls were victorious beating Mulvane 54-41 for their fifth straight win.

The Wellington boys are on a six-game losing streak, and was hoping to get off the snide against another struggling league foe. The Crusaders had defeated the Wildcats 76-68 earlier in the night.

Tuesday night Sumner Newscow scoreboard…

Tuesday night scoreboard: 

Varsity girls 

Wellington 54 Mulvane 41

Belle Plaine 47 Chaparral 45

Conway Springs 46 Douglass 35

Caldwell 55 Udall 39

Argonia 53 South Haven 35.

Varsity boys

Mulvane 74 Wellington 71

Belle Plaine 74 Chaparral 48

Conway Springs 46 Douglass 33

Caldwell 68 Udall 35

Oxford 40 Flinthills 37.



5 sporting things: Talking WMS basketball, girls wrestling, boys wrestling, KBCA rankings and life

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five sporting things including Wellington Middle School basketball, girls wrestling, boys wrestling, latest KBCA rankings and the meaning of life.


1. WMS Basketball

The Wellington Middle School has officially ended its regular basketball season and it has most certainly been a feast or famine kind of year. While both the boys and girls eighth grade teams are sitting at the top of the Patriot League standings, the seventh grade boys and girls are at the bottom.

Next Saturday, the season concludes with the girls tournament at Rose Hill Middle School and the boys are playing at Haysville West. Brackets should be out soon.

On Monday, Wellington teams battled Haysville West in the regular season finale. The scores are as follows:


7A: Haysville West 50 Wellington 26

7B: Haysville West 31 Wellington 20

8A: Wellington 40 Haysville West 35

8B” Haysville West 40 Wellington 23.


Sumner Newscow sports calendar this week

Monday, Feb. 11, 2019

Wellington Middle School basketball: Girls at Haysville West. Boys at home. 

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019

High School basketball:

Mulvane at Wellington

Chaparral at Belle Plaine

Douglass at Conway Springs

Udall at Caldwell

Oxford at Flinthills.

South Haven at Argonia.

Friday, Feb. 15, 2019

Wrestling: Wellington at Class 4A Regional in Pratt. Teams competing: Andale, Buhler, Clearwater, Hesston, Hugoton, Larned, Mulvane, Nickerson, Pratt, Rose Hill, Scott City, Circle, Ulysses, Wellington and Wichita Trinity.

High School basketball:

Wichita East wins Special K Contest over Wellington in front of raucous crowd

Wellington Special K team battles Wichita East.

Sumner Newscow report — The annual Special K game was held at the Wellington High School gymnasium with the high school student body watching. Wellington battled Wichita East with the Crusaders making a valiant fourth-quarter comeback but falling 46-44.

The game including a rowdy crowd, a pre-game fan tunnel, cheerleaders, the Crusader mascot, and game announcements by activities director Luke Smith.

The full Special K team, and those who helped with the big game Friday. (Click on version for larger version).

Caldwell teams sweep past Sedan in key SCBL showdown

Bluejay Jalen Risley scored 16 points to help Caldwell score huge victory over Sedan.

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — It was supposed to be a battle for the South-Central Border League boys basketball lead. It turned out to be a laugher.

Caldwell pulled into a first-place tie with Sedan in the SCBL regular season race with a 70-28 thumping against Sedan Friday afternoon.

The games started early due to weather concerns. Caldwell is now tied with Sedan at 6-1 in the SCBL and is 16-2 overall.

Caldwell coach Jason Marlin said the team “is coming together at the right time.”

He credited defensive pressure, especially early on, with the big win.

Wellington girls improve to 11-5 with high scoring win over rival Rose Hill 66-62

Ali Zeka scores 18 points against Rose Hill.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It may be a little too late, but the Wellington girls have an outside chance of hosting a sub-state, after a huge 66-62 victory at Rose Hill Friday night.

The scenario is still a long shot in the Class 4A-West post season standings (see here), but Wellington, now 11-5, can sweep its final three games (final game against Andale does not count) giving it a 14-5 record. Wellington, now seeded No. 6 in the 18-team bracket, must hope for a couple of losses from Ulysses (13-4) and Pratt (11-5).

No matter how you slice it, Wellington picked up a huge win over Rose Hill. It was a nice statement game, especially since Rose Hill dominated Wellington on its home court 58-33 in December.

In the other game, Wellington boys were dominated by Rose Hill 49-32. 

Friday night Sumner Newscow scoreboard

Friday, February 8

Varsity girls

Wellington 66 Rose Hill 62

Conway Springs 72 Belle Plaine 16

Caldwell 48 Sedan 36

Central 29 Oxford 19

South Haven 46 Flint Hills 13

Varsity boys

Rose Hill 49 Wellington 32

Belle Plaine 65 Conway Springs 38

South Haven 61 Flint Hills 46

Caldwell 70 Sedan 28

Oxford 40 Central 34.

Sports updates: Schedules and league, post-season standings (updated with 4A-west bracket)

Sumner Newscow report — The following is a list of schedule updates, tonight games, updated league and post-season standings.

Wellington Middle School basketball games, scheduled for Thursday, will not be made up.

The home Wellington wrestling double dual scheduled Thursday will not be made up. The senior ceremony will be held the same time as the basketball senior night on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

High School basketball schedule for tonight:

Wellington at Rose Hill

Conway Springs at Belle Plaine

Sedan at Caldwell

West Elk at Argonia

Oxford at Central

Flinthills at South Haven.


The league standings for the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV, Central Plains League and South-Central Border League, and the post season standings for Sumner County teams are as follows (including just released 4A-west brackets using today’s records) 

Sumner Newscow scoreboard – Tuesday games

Basketball scoreboard for Tuesday, February 5

Varsity boys

Belle Plaine 63 Douglass 35

Conway Springs 56 Wichita Independent 35

Caldwell 57 Oxford 19

Udall 64 South Haven 58.

Varsity girls

Douglass 49 Belle Plaine 40

Conway Springs 56 Wichita Independent 35

South Haven 61 Udall 27

Caldwell 47 Oxford 35.

Box scores of Sumner County game submitted to us: 

Caldwell’s Jalen Risley named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

Jalen Risley

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Jalen Risley, a Caldwell High School senior basketball player, has been named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week.

Risley became the seventh Caldwell boys basketball player in the South-Central Border League era to score his 1,000 career high point. Other Caldwell players included: 1994 – Michael Wade 1,050; 1984 – Leonard Schmitz 1,076; 1987 – Stuart Gill 1,247; 1999 – Jarrod Gracy 1,322; 1990 – Matthew Gill 1,324; 2017 – Colten Ward, 1,332.

In 2017-18 Risley leads the team with 210 points this season in 16 games played with the highest field goal percentage (53), free throw percentage (75) and rebounds (107), leading Caldwell to a 14-2 record. Last week, Caldwell defeated Argonia 61-19 and Flinthills 81-38.

For his effort, Risley is the recipient of a FREE large delicious Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington in Wellington. 

Sumner Newscow scoreboard…

Scoreboard of Monday’s Wellington Middle School basketball results:

7A boys: Mulvane 42 Wellington 12.

7A girls: Mulvane 26 Wellington 20.

8A boys: Wellington 52 Mulvane 23.

8A girls: Wellington 36 Mulvane 33.

5 Sporting Things: Powerlifting meet results; B-team tourney tallies; new basketball rankings and more

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five sporting things in Sumner County this week.

No. 1 – First powerlifting meet success

The First Powerlifting Meet in Wellington history is now in the books, and it was a huge success. There were 13 teams and 195 participants.

The Wellington girls finished second behind Goddard and Wellington boys placed third behind Kapaun Mount Carmel and Goddard. Conway Springs placed third for the girls and fifth for the boys.

The full results can be found here

Sumner Newscow sport calendar this week

Monday, February 4

Wellington Middle School basketball

vs. Mulvane – Boys at home, Girls at Mulvane, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, February 5

High School basketball 

Douglass at Belle Plaine

W. Independent at Conway Springs

Caldwell at Oxford

Argonia at Central

South Haven at Udall.

Wellington bye.

Thursday, February 7

Wellington girls win 3rd consecutive 1-point victory with comeback against Augusta

Rylee Rusk scores 17 points to help Wellington score a huge win over Augusta.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Stat or math nerds may be able to figure out the probability of winning three consecutive one-point ballgames, but the guess here it is extremely low.

The Wellington girls did just that when it defeated Augusta 48-47 Friday evening. In the other varsity game, Augusta boys beat Wellington 55-25.

The Lady Crusaders are now 10-5 with 1-point wins over Dodge City, Buhler and now Augusta. The Crusaders are headed back into league competition on Friday where it will play at Rose Hill in a rematch between two of the league’s biggest rivals.

Hard to not paint this one as the most gratifying of the three one-point wins. Augusta was just coming off a 19-point victory over Rose Hill, a team Wellington lost to quite convincingly in December.

Sumner County high school basketball schedule

Friday, February 1

Augusta at Wellington

Kingman at Conway Springs

Flinthills at Caldwell

Cedar Vale/Dexter at Argonia

Oxford at West Elk.

South Haven at Central.

Wellington Middle School basketball scores

Wellington basketball teams ready to play tough Augusta teams on homecoming after trip to Buhler

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington boys and girls basketball teams are expected to have their hands full when they host Augusta this Friday on homecoming night.

The varsity girls game begins at 6 p.m. with the boys following at 7:30 p.m. Remember, the Duke Ceremony will be held at halftime of the boys game.

This will mark the final non Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV game of the regular season for the Dukes. Wellington will embark on the second rotation of the AV-CTL DIV starting next week in Rose Hill on Friday, Feb. 8.

The Wellington boys, now 4-10, are in a serious slump — losing seven of eight games and having just one win since the Christmas break.

Powerlifting meet will be held this Saturday at Wellington High School

Wellington powerlifting team for 2019.

Sumner Newscow report — The first annual Wellington Powerlifting Meet will be held at Wellington High School on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Check in is at 8 a.m. with the national anthem sung at 8:55 p.m. Lifting will start at 9 a.m.

The divisions will be divided as follows:

Women: 105, 114, 123, 132, 140, 148, 156, 165, 180, PWT.

Men 114, 123, 132, 140, 148, 156, 165, 173, 181, 198, 220, 242, PWT. 

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